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List of aircraft of the Bangladesh Air Force


List of aircraft of the Bangladesh Air Force

The following table lists the active and former aircraft of the Bangladesh Air Force.

Active Service

Combat Aircraft
Aircraft Image Origin Role Series In service Notes
MiG-29 Russia Air superiority S
On April 25, 2013 Russian Aviaton published a news that RAC MiG is negotiating with Bangladesh government for upgrading the 8 Mig-29 into Mig-29SMT.[1]
F-7 China Fighter / Interceptor BG
12 F-7BG with 4 FT-7BG received in early 2006.
16 F-7BGI received in 2013 as stop-gap aircraft till the proposed 4.5 generation fighter procurement matures.
Aero L-39 Albatros Czechoslovakia AJT/LA/AR ZA 7 A total of 8 aircraft delivered. 1 aircraft crashed in 2012.
Trainer Aircraft
Nanchang PT-6 China Primary Trainer A 24 One of the aircraft crashed in 2012. 24 aircraft remain out of 40 delivered.
Bell 206 Long Ranger USA Rotary Wing Trainer L-2
Cessna T-37 Tweet USA Jet Trainer B 12[2] Placed in reserve. Scheduled to be replaced with Advanced Turboprop Trainers along with PT-6. The possible replacement might be YAK-152/CJ-7.
K-8 China/Pakistan Primary Jet Trainer W 9 Arrived on September,2014.[3]
Yak-130 Russia Lead In Fighter Trainer 24(on order) Scheduled to be delivered by the end of 2015.[4]
Transport Aircraft
Lockheed C-130 Hercules USA Special Ops B 4 Former United States Air Force aircraft bought at cost of $15M each.
BAF is negotiating for 4 off the shelf C-130Es under Excess Defence Article (EDA). The package would also include 20 Rolls-Royce T56 engines to be provided plus training and other equipment and services associated with the upgrade.
Antonov An-32 Ukraine Tactical Transport / Converted Bomber C 3 Bangladesh Air Force received 3 aircraft in late '80s.
V.I.P. Transport Helicopter
Mil Mi-17V-5 Russia V.I.P. Transport helicopter V 2
Attack Helicopter
Mil Mi-171 Russia Battlefield Close Air Support Sh 16 5 Mi-171sh were ordered in April 2014.[5]
Mil Mi-17 Russia Air Assault, MedEvac, Battlefield Close Air Support H 18
Bell 212 USA Air Assault, Special Ops, SAR, MedEvac 13 Bought from US stock.
AW139 Italy Search and rescue 2 on order To be delivered by the end of 2015[6]


List of BAF obsolete and retired aircraft:[7][8]

Aircraft Origin Role Versions No. of Units Notes Image
Nanchang A-5 China Ground attack/Close air support C 10[9] Retired on 4 November, 2014
Shenyang FT-6 China OCU 6 Used as the trainer aircraft of A-5C.
F-7 Air Guard China Multirole combat aircraft MB 10 Retired in favor of more capable F-7BGI.
Fouga CM.170 Magister France Jet Trainer 8[10] Retired in favor of more capable Aero L-39 Albatros.
North American F-86 Sabre USA Fighter aircraft F40 8 Surrendered by Pakistan Air Force.
Douglas Dakota USA Military transport aircraft 1 Ex Indian Air Force.
de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter Canada Military transport aircraft 1 Ex Indian Air Force.
Aérospatiale Alouette III France Utility helicopter 1 Ex Indian Air Force.
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 USSR Fighter aircraft MF 12
Mil Mi-8 USSR Transport Helicopter 8
Shenyang J-5 China Interceptor aircraft 8
Shenyang JJ-5 China Interceptor aircraft 3
Agusta-Bell 205 Italy Transport Helicopter 2 Ex Imperial Iranian Air Force.
Antonov An-24 USSR Military transport aircraft V 1 V.I.P Transport. Known as Balaka.
Antonov An-26 USSR Military transport aircraft 2
Shenyang J-6 China Operational conversion unit 28
Westland Wessex United Kingdom Transport helicopter 5 2 Former Royal Navy helicopters donated by the United Kingdom in 1973


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  8. ^ "Helicopters | Bangladesh Military Forces | – The voice of the Bangladesh Armed Forces". Retrieved 2010-03-23. 
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  10. ^ Fouga CM.170 Magister
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